What is the purpose of the project?
Adolescence is a time of change and development. Learning skills that build resilience has the potential to help adolescents navigate these challenges during their time at school and build a platform that will serve them in the long term.
What will we do?
We will compare the existing, good-quality, social emotional learning that is already being taught in schools (known as ‘teaching as usual’) to a programme of study that is based on mindfulness techniques. Mindfulness is a way of being present to experiences, as they happen, rather than worrying about what has happened or might happen in the future. The mindfulness programme, called ‘.b,’ has been developed by the Mindfulness in Schools Project and is a series of 10 lessons plus a small number of follow up sessions in subsequent years. The lessons are designed to appeal to young people and each one teaches a particular mindfulness skill. Typically, a lesson includes an introduction by the teacher that is supported by prepared resources and practical exercises and demonstrations that make the ideas relevant to the pupils. Participating teachers in schools who are allocated to the mindfulness group will be trained to deliver the intervention to pupils.
How have schools been chosen?
We are inviting mainstream secondary schools in the UK to apply to take part. We are looking for a range of schools that are representative of schools in the UK, although unfortunately schools without a substantive Headteacher or with a current inspection rating at the lowest level, e.g. unsatisfactory or inadequate are ineligible to participate. In this instance, special education schools also do not fall within the scope of the project. We are looking for schools who are not already using mindfulness techniques in their school, therefore if your school has already introduced a mindfulness programme, you will not be able to take part. If, however, someone in the school has attended a mindfulness taster session, this would not count as a full mindfulness programme.
Participant Information Sheet
The full MYRIAD information sheets for Headteachers can be read here:
Headteacher Information Sheet for England and Wales
Headteacher Information Sheet for Northern Ireland
What does taking part mean for a teacher? See a diagram of a teacher’s progression through the 3 years of the project (Schools recruited in 2016)
What does taking part mean for a pupil? See a diagram of a pupil’s progression through the 3 years of the project (Schools recruited in 2016)
For schools already on the project who were recruited in 2016 please see below:
The full MYRIAD information sheet for Headteachers recruited into the study in 2016 can be read here